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  1. 1. jk"Vªh; National i;ZVu Tourism iqjLdkj 2007-08 Awards 2007-08
  2. 2. The National Tourism Award is a recognition of outstanding achievements of the tourism industry stakeholders. vafcdk lksuh Ambika Soni This annual awards function inculcates a spirit of healthy competition in the industry to strive for excellence. i;Z V u ,oa la L Ñfr ea = h] Hkkjr ljdkj This year we are remembering our colleagues in the industry fraternity who lost their lives in the line of duty during ifjogu Hkou] ubZ fnYyh 110001 Minister for Tourism & Culture November 26, 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai, especially the employees of the Taj Mahal Hotel, The Oberoi Government of India and The Trident. In recognition of their sacrifice and demonstration of exemplary courage, we are instituting Transport Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001 "Atithi Devo Bhava – Pride of India" award from this year onwards. The emerging sectors of tourism such as Cruise, Responsible, Accessible Tourism and Golf are becoming increasingly popular. In order to unleash their potential, Ministry of Tourism is promoting these sectors and, further, has instituted awards in these categories. I extend my heartiest congratulations to all the award winners and thank the travel industry for its support and commitment to the growth of tourism in our country. (Ambika Soni) 1
  3. 3. The National Tourism Awards are primarily meant for giving recognition to individuals, corporate organizations The National Tourism Awards of the Ministry of Tourism have been instituted with an objective to recognize the dkafr flag lqthr cuthZ Kanti Singh and institutions in their respective segments. Each award winner has set the benchmark for quality in service, Sujit Banerjee outstanding work done by individuals, State Governments, the hospitality and Travel trade in different fields of i;ZVu ,oa laLÑfr jkT; ea=h] Hkkjr ljdkj commitment to growth and dedication towards promoting India as a top global tourist destination. lfpo] i;ZVu ea=ky;] Hkkjr ljdkj Tourism. 'kkL=h Hkou] ubZ fnYyh 110001 ifjogu Hkou] ubZ fnYyh 110001 Minister of State for Tourism & Culture The winner of each award has been selected for meeting the highest standards expected of them by the tourism and Secretary, Ministry of Tourism Tourism is an activity that touches the lives of one and all and has been recognized for its potential for generating Government of India travel industry. Government of India high levels of direct and indirect employment. It is therefore necessary that tourism as an industry be encouraged Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001 Transport Bhawan, New Delhi – 110001 and given prominence. The industry is facing a downturn in the wake of the global economic slow down as the key Inspite of the recent global meltdown and terrorist attacks, it is time to renew our pledge to constantly strive markets have been affected. However during these times we need to turn the crisis into an opportunity and come towards maintaining high standards of service in Indian hospitality sector so that visitors go back with memorable together in a strong spirit of partnership. I am sure the Visit India 2009 programme launched recently will go a experiences of our destinations. This has assumed greater importance today as the tourist is traveling with multiple long way in achieving our common objectives of promoting India as a leading destination. objectives of seeking new and wholesome experiences. I congratulate the winners of the National Tourism Awards 2007-08. I am hopeful that this will motivate the My heartiest congratulations to the winners and best wishes to the entire industry for keeping the flag of industry to strive for excellence in times to come as well. Incredible India flying high. (Sujit Banerjee) (Kanti Singh) 2 3
  4. 4. Best State / Union Territory Best State / Union Territory Development of Tourism Infrastructure Tourism-related Programmes Arunachal Pradesh The State Government of Arunachal Pradesh has taken several initiatives towards augmentation of tourism Rajasthan The magic of vibrant Rajasthan - its rich heritage, colourful culture, exciting desert safaris, shining sand-dunes, Government of Arunachal Pradesh infrastructure in the State. Recently, regular helicopter services have been introduced between Guwahati and Department of Tourism amazing variety of lush forests and varied wildlife - makes it a destination unparalleled. Rajasthan is often portrayed AP Secretariat 'Paryatan Bhawan', Government Hostel Tawang and plans for establishment of airport at Itanagar and Pasighat and launching of several new schemes as one vast open-air museum, with its relics so well preserved that it delights even the most skeptical traveller. Itanagar - 791111 M.I. Road including rail and road connectivity are seen as major initiatives in the field of tourism infrastructure development, Jaipur – 302001 It is an incredible destination for the outdoor-tourist – take a safari on horses, camels, elephants or even in jeeps, which will enable opening up new tourist destinations in the State. with the Aravalis - India's oldest mountain range as the backdrop. Rajasthan has something for everyone – one just The State is setting up an Institute of Hotel Management and has also taken a lead in assisting local communities has to choose an activity appropriate to one's temperament. in promoting home stay in villages. The State is also facilitating Responsible Tourism and other niche tourism Major tourist places and monuments have been spruced up or renovated. Forts like Amber, Kumbhalgarh and products like adventure and eco-tourism. The State is successfully implementing infrastructure projects sanctioned Chittaurgarh have been beautified and light & sound shows mounted there. by the Ministry of Tourism. Phone +91-360-2212915 Phone 0141-5110598 Fax +91-360-2214745 Fax 0141-5155100/5110593 e-mail e-mail Website Website 4 5
  5. 5. Best State / Union Territory Best Rural Tourism Project Tourism-related Programmes – North East of India (including Sikkim) Sikkim Gangtok, the crown of India's tourist destination is a picturesque landmark of Sikkim. The State Capital embodies Village Pranpur, Pranpur lies in the midst of ancient Vindhyachal valley, just 3 km from the famed craft centre of Chanderi in the Department of Tourism a unique blend of diverse cultures, historic monasteries, traditional architecture in a vibrant and thriving city. Distt. Ashoknagar, Ashoknagar District of Madhya Pradesh. More than half of Pranpur's 3,600 inhabitants are involved in weaving Government of Sikkim Set amidst lush green valleys, alpine forests and with a majestic frontal view of Mt Khanchendzonga, Madhya Pradesh the Chanderi fabric. Pranpur is also home to artisans skilled in metal casting, pottery and stone carving. The local M.G. Road, Gangtok Sikkim Gangtok has emerged as a popular tourist destination for inbound domestic tourists and an increasing number of Department of Tourism royal lineage has resulted in a rich cultural heritage, including the lively folk dances of Raee and Sehra and vibrant foreign travellers. Government of Madhya Pradesh festivals. Mantralaya, Vallabh Bhawan The State Government has provided infrastructure on a scale which will embrace the global demand and recognition Bhopal – 462003 In Pranpur, the villagers are direct stakeholders in the tourism initiative and earn a livelihood through the provision of Sikkim as an internationally renowned tourist destination. of craft and culture based services to visitors. The impact of the Rural Tourism Project is impressive. The weavers are paid higher wages, get more work days, and a reserve fund has been created as well for contingent requirements. Due to the gender-sensitization drive, the lot of the women of the village has also improved. Since the local Panchayat is involved at all levels, each member of the community is responsible towards ensuring the success of the initiative as a stake holder. Phone 03592-203425 Phone 0755-2441314 Fax 03592-205647 Website e-mail 6 7
  6. 6. Most Innovative Tourism Project Most Innovative Tourism Project Special Award Mahaparinirvan Express Indian Railways and IRCTC have jointly launched the Mahaparinirvan Express - a special air-conditioned train Ulsavam Kerala, acclaimed internationally for its diverse natural attractions and exotic customs, has fostered a variety of Buddhist Circuit Tourist for the Buddhist Circuit, with the objective of providing a safe, comfortable & reliable travel package for National Cultural Initiative from Kerala art forms that have enriched its cultural heritage. Expressions of the land’s unique traditions, beliefs and customs, Train – IRCTC & International travellers on the Buddhist Circuit. Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala the art forms of the State have always fascinated and intrigued people, the world over. From intricate dances and 9th Floor, Bank of Baroda Building Park View, Thiruvananthapuram soulful music to colourful folk arts, temple arts and ethnic rituals, Kerala holds within herself an incredible array 16, Parliament Street Starting from Delhi (Delhi Safdarjung Station), the 7-night / 8-day tour covers Bodhgaya - Rajgir –Nalanda – Kerala, India – 695033 New Delhi – 110001 of cultural bounty – all of which was unveiled at Ulsavam. Varanasi – Sarnath – Gorakhpur – Kushinagar – Lumbini – Sravasti and Agra. This tour provides an all inclusive package including Rail Travel, Road Travel, Hotel Accommodation, Sightseeing, All Meals, Insurance, Security, A first-of-its-kind initiative aimed at waking up the world to Kerala’s glorious cultural heritage, featuring a series of Medical Back-up etc. spectacular performances, Ulsavam provided the audience with a never-before experience of God’s Own Country. Envisaged as an annual event, the festival showcased more than 100 different art forms of Kerala, performed by Coaches of this special train have been provided with modern shower cubicles and environment-friendly toilets. over 2000 artistes at 36 venues across the State. The second festival was inaugurated on 8th December, 2008 and Three classes of travel are available viz., I AC, 2 tier AC & 3 tier AC. Well trained staff provides high quality will go on till 29th March, 2009. personalized services. The train was flagged off by Hon’ble Minister for Railways and Hon’ble Minister for Tourism, Government of Phone 011-23311263 India on the 6th October 2007 and has been very well received in the international as well as domestic markets. Phone +91-471-2321132 e-mail Fax +91-471-2322279 Website e-mail buddha Website 8 9
  7. 7. Most Innovative Tourism Project Most Innovative Adventure Activity Special Award Hop-On-Hop-Off Tours Orissa Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) has introduced the most convenient way to explore and International Paragliding Flanked by the Western Ghats on one side, the Arabian Sea on the other and strewn with rivers, lagoons, backwaters, Orissa Tourism Development experience Bhubaneswar – the capital city. A well-networked Hop-On-Hop-Off bus service connects the important Championship hills and valleys, Kerala encompasses nature at its beautiful best. The land’s picturesque and soothing beauty also Corporation tourist locations of the city on two routes namely a City Tour and a Heritage Tour. VAGA Fest by Kerala Tourism offers visitors umpteen opportunities to unleash their enthusiastic self. The high mountains, gushing rivers, dense Panthanivas Old Block Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala forests and the vast backwater stretches present the right stimulus to indulge in some adventure activity. Bhubaneswar – 751014 OTDC's Hop-On-Hop-Off bus service offers a comfortable, air-conditioned ride around the city with a single Park View, Thiruvananthapuram - 695033 ticket. The ticket is valid for both the City Tour and Heritage Tour for one day. One can get on and off the bus at Kerala The last few years have shown a remarkable popularity in paragliding. The serene valleys and lofty mountains any of the destinations on the designated routes as per one's convenience. dotting the State have attracted paragliders from across the world. Given its potential for adventure tourism, Vagamon, a scenic spot in Idukki district with its hilly terrain, cool climes and vast meadows, has been listed as the prime location for gliding in the State. The Adventure Sports and Sustainable Tourism Academy (ASSTA) in partnership with Kerala Tourism organized International Paragliding Festivals in 2006, 2007 & 2008, which witnessed the participation of a large number of national and international gliders. Phone 91-674-2396946 Phone +91-471-2321132 Fax 91-674-2536792 Fax +91-471-2322279 e-mail e-mail Website Website 10 11
  8. 8. Most Innovative Adventure Activity Best Responsible Tourism Project Special Award Holiday Moods Holiday Moods Adventures, incepted in 1997 by Tejbir Singh Anand (Founder & Managing Director), is a “Better Together” Kerala Tourism’s journey towards success began with a shift of focus from mass to quality tourism. Adoption Adventures Himalayan specialist company offering eco-friendly adventure travel, emphasizing on responsible & sustainable Responsible Tourism Initiatives of sustainable tourism methods was a direct outcome of this positioning. Today, this has evolved into a more Private Limited tourism practices in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Tibet. from Department of Tourism, comprehensive ‘Responsible Tourism’ wherein the stakeholders in tourism as well as the tourists take responsibility State Bank of India Building Kerala for maximizing the positive impacts of tourism and minimizing the negative ones. 1st Floor, 3/6, D.B.Gupta Road Holiday Moods Adventures has been recently rated as one of the "Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth" by Department of Tourism, Government of Kerala New Delhi - 110055 National Geographic Adventure. Park View, Thiruvananthapuram – 695033 Kerala Tourism has accorded prime importance to Responsible Tourism in all its development activities. This is in Kerala line with the State Government’s strong belief that tourism should be an instrument of socio-economic growth and The latest venture by Holiday Moods Adventures is NCR's largest adventure based camp called "Camp Wild" in that a major portion of the revenue generated by tourism should reach key stakeholders such as local communities. the Aravali Valley, at village Dhauj, District Faridabad, Haryana spread over 12 acres of land offering air, land and water activities. A two-day state-level workshop initiated Responsible Tourism on a pilot basis in four destinations – Kumarakom, Thekkady, Wayanad and Kovalam. The Second International Conference on Responsible Tourism and the adoption of the Kerala Declaration has furthered strengthened Kerala’s new journey on the Responsible Tourism path. Phone +91-11-43000800 Phone +91-471-2321132 e-mail Fax +91-471-2322279 Website e-mail Website 12 13
  9. 9. Best Tourism Friendly Port Best Tourism Friendly Golf Course Cochin Port Trust The Cochin Port is one of the 12 major ports in India and is one of the busiest maritime gateways to peninsular Trivandrum Golf Club The Trivandrum Golf Course is the second oldest in India with only the Royal Calcutta Club having an earlier Willingdon Island India. The Port has already made for itself, a name for being a clean, safe and tourist friendly destination for Kowdiar establishment. Reported to be the hunting lodge of the erstwhile Maharaja of Travancore and later their private Kochi – 682009 Trivandrum – 695003 cruise shipping. The Port has taken a series of proactive initiatives to build up the infrastructure that is efficient, Golf course, this place was established about 150 years ago and maintained an exclusive preserve of the British user-friendly and evocative of the local milieu. Recently, with financial assistance from the Ministry of Tourism, Resident and Members of the Royal family. the Port has developed its public spaces and tourism infrastructure. For promotion of cruise tourism, apart from This is a 9 hole links Golf course which has an exotic collection of rare plants and trees. The Trivandrum Golf offering monetary incentives, Cochin Port also ensures fast and hassle-free clearances. Today, the Port has become Course has a beautiful club house which is a marvelous piece of Heritage Building made in solid teak wood the most preferred port of call in India. It plays host to all classes of cruise vessels, QM2, Queen Victoria, Legend structure. The Club House is more than 100 years old and it is certified as a heritage building by the Department of the Seas and Queen Elizabeth 2, to name just a few. of Archaeology. The Club House has an open pavilion in which old wooden clubs of 1850 and other antique golfing The Cochin Port recently attracted international attention when it successfully hosted the India Stopover of equipments are displayed for the benefit of visiting players. the prestigious Volvo Ocean Race. The hosting of this event has heightened the standing of Cochin as a major The Trivandrum Golf Course is a major tourist attraction and several domestic and foreign tourists who visit Kerala international tourist and yachting destination. make use of this excellent golfing facility. Apart from the game of Golf other sports such as billiards, lawn tennis, Badminton, Table tennis etc and support facilities like fitness centre, restaurant, bar etc are also functioning in Phone 0484-2668200 Phone 0471-2435834 Fax 0484-2668163 Fax 0471-2432325 the golf course premises. e-mail e-mail Kerala being an important tourist destination in the travel map of India, the Trivandrum Golf Course acts as a Website catalyst in the promotion of tourism related activities of the State. 14 15
  10. 10. Best Maintained Tourist Best Maintained Tourist Friendly Monument Friendly Monument Special Award Qutub Complex, The Qutub Complex is dotted with architectural remains dated from 4th century to 19th century Iron Pillar Mandu, Madhya Pradesh Mandu is situated about 35 km south of District town Dhar in Madhya Pradesh on a hill-top. New Delhi (4 century AD), a living testimony to the metallurgical technology in ancient India, bears Sanskrit inscription Archaeological Survey of India Mandu is known for its rich architectural heritage dating back to the medieval period. Building activities comprising Archaeological Survey of India Bhopal Circle , G.T.B.Complex in Gupta Brahmi script. Qutub Minar (1199 AD), the five storeyed stone tower, built by Qutubu'd Din Aibak, B-Block , 2nd Floor , T.T. Nagar of Hindu and Islamic architecture were carried out at Mandu under the patronism of different dynasties in a span of Delhi Circle, G.E. Building has a height of 72.5 m with a basal diameter 14.32 m which becomes 2.75 m at the top. Bhopal Red Fort, Delhi – 110006 over one thousand years. Among the earliest, the Lohani group of caves can be assigned to 11th-12th century AD. The Quwwatu'l-Islam Mosque (1198 AD) is the earliest extant mosque built by the Delhi Sultans. Tomb of However, a large number of structures were constructed between 1400 AD and 1750 AD. Notable monuments Iltutmish (1211-36 AD) is profusely carved with inscriptions besides motifs in Saracenic and Hindu tradition. of Mandu are Hoshang Shah’s Maqbara, Jama Masjid, Jahaz Mahal, Hindola Mahal, Taveli Mahal, Hathipole, Ala'i Darwaza (1311 AD) the first building employing Islamic principles of constructions and ornamentation Dai ka Mahal, Neelkanth Champa Baoli, Hammam and different water bodies. The well known Roopmati pavillion, and Ala'i Minar intended to be twice the size of Qutub Minar besides colonnaded extension to the mosque are constructed between 1534 AD and 1561 AD, has been associated with the romantic story of Roopmati and contributions made by Alau'd-Din Khalji. Other remains in the complex includes Alau'd-Din's Tomb and College, Baz Bahadur. Imam Zamin Tomb, gateways, Major Smith's Cupola, etc. Excellent work has been done by the Archaeological Survey of India in ensuring high standards in the maintenance of various heritage structures and the landscape thereof and also in ensuring tourist friendliness of these sites. Phone 23269466, 23269505 Phone 0755-2558250, 2558270 Fax 23269410 Fax 0755-2558271 Website Website 16 17
  11. 11. Best Maintained Tourist Friendly Most Disabled Friendly Monument / National Park / Wildlife Sanctuary Tourist Attraction Corbett National Park Corbett National Park, established on 8th August 1936, happens to be the first National Park of South Asia and Qutub Minar, Delhi The facilities provided in and around the Qutub Minar to make it differently-abled friendly is a major initiative of Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board flagship Tiger Reserve under Project Tiger. It is situated in Nainital and Pauri Districts of Uttarakhand in the Archaeological Survey of India the Archaeological Survey of India. The facilities and services created for making the Qutub Minar accessible for 3/3, Industrial Area, Patel Nagar Delhi Circle, G.E. Building foothills of Himalayas and is spread over an area of 520.84 sq km. differently-abled persons such as accessible parking, accessible unisex toilets, lower height ticket windows and clock Dehradun Red Fort, Delhi - 110 006 room, ramps, provision of wheel chairs, audio guide, signages and provision for assistance for the disabled make it Named after the renowned conservationist Jim Corbett, the National Park is globally famous and annually receives the most differently-abled friendly monument. over 1,90,000 visitors. Ramganga River is the lifeline of Corbett National Park and provides it with enchanting landscape beauty. Corbett boasts of one of the world's largest tiger populations, rich birdlife and presence of several endangered species such as Asiatic Elephant, Gharial, Otter, Mahaseer and Hog Deer. During the last three years (2005 to 2008), an ambitious programme was launched to protect wildlife from poaching and fire, improve visitor facilities by renovating and upgrading Forest Rest Houses, involve local communities and provide better experience to the visitors. Funds for renovation were provided by Government of Uttarakhand and through the Destination Development Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India. Phone 0135-2624147 Phone 23269466, 23269505 Fax 0135-2627405 Fax 23269410 Website 18 19
  12. 12. Best Film Excellence in Publishing (English) ‘Rhapsodies from God’s The ongoing efforts of Kerala Tourism to popularise its tourism attractions paved way to the sponsorship of a DVD The Monumental India, "The Monumental India" is an extraordinary volume of photography that documents North India’s architectural Own Country – Kerala’ series titled "Rhapsodies from God's Own Country", produced by Invis Multimedia. Amit Pasricha heritage on a scale never seen before. Every page constitutes a revelation - wide open panoramas that startle with Department of Tourism their immaculate clarity - the luminous detail inside a Mughal tomb, the airy lightness of a Rajput palace, the The ever-inspiring natural beauty of Kerala and its outstanding cultural heritage are meticulously captured and B – 212, Priyadarshini Vihar Government of Kerala Delhi – 110092 uprearing dimension of a desert fort, the teeming life of a temple relief, the still spaces of a Buddhist monastery. Park View, Thiruvananthapuram – 695033 presented in a set of eight DVDs. The content includes backwaters, hills, beaches, festivals, drums, art forms and Kerala monsoons of Kerala. All DVD titles are in English language and the duration of each DVD is around 25 minutes. These monuments, some crumbling and forgotten, some lovingly preserved, some integrated into the present, It is a unique bouquet of audio-visual treat from 'God's Own Country'. are giant page-markers in the chronicles of India. They insist on a visual interpretation that is itself monumental, and the size of this book is homage to their import. The images are philosophic as well as documentary, incorporating The DVD series comes in a very special handmade packing by the traditional craftsmen of Kerala. both scale and detail, mixing truth and technology, relative and absolute at the same time. The images can be downloaded from: Phone +91-471-2321132 Mobile 91-9810192215 Fax +91-471-2322279 e-mail e-mail Website Website 20 21
  13. 13. Excellence in Publishing Excellence in Publishing (English) (Hindi) Special Award Architectural Treasures Architectural Treasures of Gujarat telescopes the rich history of the state, through selected monuments of diverse l`f"V ifCyds'kUl laLÑr esa l`f"V dk vFkZ gS ^l`tu*A l`tukRedrk LoHkkor% oSfo/;iw.kZ gksrh gS vkSj bls blh :i esa fy;k Hkh tkuk of Gujarat nature, from Dholavira to Sangath. The book is a noted version of unique style of writing and is a detailed research pkfg,A ,f'k;k dh igyh fgUnh esa izÑfr dsafnzr if=dk] l`f"V & izÑfr dk :i jax vke yksxksa dks izÑfr ds lkSn;Z A - 94, Neeti Bagh Tourism Corporation of on the subject. It is a well drawn and photographed book which conveys the richness of the culture of Gujarat to New Delhi - 110049 vkSj oSfo/; ls ifjfpr djkus dk ,d iz;kl gSA bldk igyk vad ¼5 twu] 2002 fo'o i;kZoj.k fnol½ ds volj Gujarat Ltd. the readers. ij tkjh fd;k x;k Fkk] ftls gj lky ekuo tkfr ds thou esa izÑfr ds egÙo dks fpfUgr djus ds fy, euk;k tkrk Block No. 16/17, 4th Floor, Udyog Bhavan The book might also encourage frequent visits to the monuments, seminars and discourses on the unique heritage gSA l`f"V izÑfr izseh vkSj 'kkSfd;k QksVkxzkQj Jh dY;k.k ik=k }kjk laikfnr vkSj izdkf'kr dh tkrh gSA Sector 11, of the state of Gujarat. l`f"V ldkjkRed tkx:drk fuekZ.k dh fn'kk esa ,d ,slk iz;kl gS tks izÑfr izsfe;ksa vkSj izÑfr laj{kdks ds chp Gandhi Nagar -382017 dh lhekjs[kk dks /kqa/kyk cuk nsus dh mEehn ij fVdk gS - - - c'krsZ ge tSls vke yksxksa ds Hkhrj ls gekjs izÑfr izse dks iquthZou fn;k tk ldsA l`f"V i;kZoj.k i;ZVu dk vfHkUu vax le>s tkus okys O;kid nk;js ds eqíksa] elyu i;kZoj.k ds izfr eS=hiw.kZ utfj, ds lkFk dh tkus okyh ;k=k] oU;thou] ouLifr txr] tksf[ke Hkjs [ksy] izkÑfrd LFkyksa vkfn dks vkdf"kZr djrh gSA Phone +91-79-23222029 Phone 011-26532441 Fax +91-79-23222189 Fax 011-26853329 e-mail e-mail Website 22 23
  14. 14. Best Tourism Promotion Collateral Best Tourism Promotion Collateral Publicity Material Publicity Material Joint Award Joint Award Department of Tourism Tamil Nadu has a lot of tourist attractions - from heritage spots to architectural marvels, mountain ranges, Department of Tourism Karnataka - a land of architectural beauty - has been fascinating people both from home and abroad. With a view to Government of wildlife parks, serene villages, rich traditional systems, art forms, etc. The Department of Tourism has produced a Government of acquainting the travellers with the multifarious attractions of the state, the Department of Tourism has desigened Tamil Nadu wide range of world class tourist publicity literature like brochures, folders, posters, booklets, leaflets and maps to Karnataka and printed top-notch publicity material for the domestic and the international tourists. The calendar for the Commissioner of Tourism reach out to the pontential visitors to state. No. 49, 2nd Floor, Khanija Bhavan year 2008 pictured 12 selected destinations of Karnataka. They have also brought out the Jungle Lodges & Resorts Tamil Nadu Tourism Race Course Road brochure, Waterscapes brochure and District brochures. Tamil Nadu Tourism Complex Bangalore – 560001 No.2, Wallajah Road Chennai – 600002 Phone +91-44-2538 8785 Phone +91-80-22352828 e-mail Fax +91-80-22352626 Website e-mail Website 24 25
  15. 15. Best Tourist Friendly Best Overseas Tour Operator to India Railway Station Americas Region Goa The Karmali Railway Station under the Konkan Railways, situated at Old Goa, is a tourist-friendly railway station M/s SITA World Tours, Founded in 1933, owned and managed by Roger Mahal, Chairman and CEO, and President, Mok Singh, SITA Post Box No:9 with good infrastructure, well maintained and serviced, eco-friendly and a major entry point for Konkan Railways. USA is a tour operator with a legacy of providing exemplary service to the North American market for outbound Belapur Bhavan, Sector-11 16250 Ventura Blvd. Suite 300 destinations including India, Africa, Australia, China & the Orient, South America and European River Cruises. CBD-Belapur Many important trains pass through this station. The Deccan Odyssey, an important luxury tourist train, also Encino, CA 91436 USA Navi Mumbai – 400614 SITA offers a myriad of travel opportunities, including independent, escorted and family travel, wildlife safaris, touches this tourist-friendly railway station. cultural expeditions, unique culinary tours, train excursions and customized journeys. As one of North America's most reputable Tour Operators, SITA attributes its success to its experienced staff. Maintaining offices throughout the US and Canada allows the company to ensure the highest level of service for its guests. The company's CEO, Roger Mahal, asserts that " SITA is renowned for its highly experienced team of international travel specialists and is dedicated to travel excellence in every element of its programs." Phone 91-22-27572015-18 Phone 1(800)421-5643 Fax 91-22-27572420 Fax 1(818)990-9762 Website e-mail 26 27
  16. 16. Best Overseas Tour Operator Best Overseas Tour Operator to India to India Europe Far East M/s TUI Travel Plc TUI Travel Plc, a leading international leisure travel group, formed by the merger of First Choice Holidays Plc H.I.S. Co. Ltd, Tokyo H.I.S. Co. Ltd, Tokyo is a well known tour operator who has various branches in the world. H.I.S. Co. Ltd Karl-Wiechert-Allee 4, with the Tourism Division of TUI AG. Sumitomo Fudosan Shinjuku Oak is a Japan based tour operator specialising in travel to India, offering both group tours and independent travel 30625 Hannover Tower 28 Fl. arrangements. The company is further striving to improve its product by extending operations in several cities of It is a world class, innovative and customer focused company. TUI Travel Plc has been actively promoting India 6-8-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku Tokyo 163-6028 India. through its various brands with innovative products developed with its partner, Le Passage to India. Last year, TUI Japan Travel Plc brought over 16,000 clients into India from the European region with some of the key promoters like Nouvelles Frontieres, Berge & Meer, TUI Deutschland, VTB / Jetair and TUI Suisse. Phone +49 (0) 511 567-0 Phone 81-3-5908-2455 Fax +49 (0) 511 567-1301 Fax 81-3-5908-2418 e-mail President Mr. Akira Hirabayashi 28 29
  17. 17. Best Overseas Tour Operator Best Overseas Tour Operator to India to India UK Region West Asia & South Africa M/s Kuoni, UK Kuoni has been creating tailor-made luxury holidays around the globe for over 100 years. Their well-travelled map M/s Jayashree Travels & K.S.Vikraman, an NRI business entrepreneur, started JTT Ajman (UAE) in the year 2000 as a branch office of Kouni House, Dorking boasts the finest hand-picked hotels and unique accommodation for holidays, including beachside hideaways in Tours, Ajman JTT Trivandrum. Their main aim is to promote India globally, especially in the Middle East. Surrey, RH5, 4AZ PO Box 2343 Goa to incredible escorted tours. UK JTT participated in various trade fairs, road shows etc (WTM, ITB, ATM, PATA, KTM). JTT step forward as an Ajman, UAE accommodation service provider with a luxury villa retreat in Kochi (Sreeragam) and intendes to establish similar retreats in other parts of the country. Phone +44-(0)-1306-744173 Phone 0097167466133 Fax +44-(0)-1306-744157 Fax 0097167466733 e-mail e-mail Website Website 30 31
  18. 18. Best Overseas Tour Operator Best Overseas Charter Operator to India Australia Region M/s India Unibound India Unibound is an Australian based tour operator specialising in travel to India, offering both group tours TUI Travel Plc TUI Travel PLC, a leading international leisure travel group, formed by the merger of First Choice Holidays PLC Pty Ltd., Melbourne and independent travel arrangements. Director Lincoln Harris first travelled to India as a 16-year-old, and after Fleming Way with the Tourism Division of TUI AG. 40 Leithead Street Crawley duly falling in love with the country and its people, was soon enough leading group tours to India. West Sussex TUI Travel Plc is the largest tourism and services group, worldwide employing 80,000 people in 500 companies Brunswick, Melbourne Victoria 3056 Through strong word of mouth recommendations, and sales both directly to the public and through Australian and RH10 9QL and with annual revenues of 16 Billion Euros. It is a world class, innovative and customer focused company, Australia New Zealand travel agents, India Unibound has grown quickly in the last several years. servicing over 25 million customers each year, which owns many of Europe's best known holiday brands and has leadership positions in its airline, inclusive tour business, and travel agency sectors. TUI owns about 3,500 travel agencies, more than 155 aircraft, 37 incoming agencies, 3,500 retail shops and 285 hotels with some 163,000 beds in 28 countries. TUI Travel through its various brands operated over 260 charters into India last year carrying over 34,000 clients through Le Passage to India from countries like UK, Germany and the Nordic region. Phone +61-3-9383 1110 Phone +44 (0)24 7628 2828 e-mail Fax +44 (0)24 7628 2844 Website Website 32 33
  19. 19. Best Foreign Journalist for India Best Foreign Photographer for India Roh Chung Hun, Roh Chung Hun's first visit to India inspired him to write a story on diverse culture, amazing history, religion and Melba Levick, USA Melba Levick has published over 50 books on travel, design, architecture and gardens in both Europe and the Korea natural wonders of the country. He would like to share his unforgettable exiting travel experience with the readers 28 Park Ave. Americas, and her work has been exhibited and appears frequently in magazines world-wide. Her two most recent #223, Chungjeongno Theoville Venice CA. 90291 to project India as a really attractive destination in his country - South Korea. books are on India: India Sublime, Princely Palaces of Rajasthan and Indiacolor. 31-13 Hap-dong, Seodaemun-gu USA Seoul 120-030 Melba Levick began photographing (black and white fine art photography) in Paris, France in 1968. Between Korea 1968 and 1979 she had numerous exhibitions and published portfolios in French magazines, such as Zoom,etc. A collection of her black and white photography is owned by the Bibliotecque National in Paris, France. She is hoping to return to India as soon as possible to do another book on South India. Phone 82-10-2261-1078 Phone 310-392-6687 e-mail e-mail Website 34 35
  20. 20. Tour Operator / Travel Agent Tour Operator / Travel Agent Foreign Exchange Earnings Over Rs. 25 Crore – First Prize Foreign Exchange Earnings Over Rs. 25 Crore – Second Prize M/s Le Passage to India Le Passage to India is a 50:50 joint venture partner with TUI Travel Plc, the world’s largest integrated travel and M/s Thomas Cook Thomas Cook (India) Ltd. (TCIL) is an integrated Travel and Travel related Financial Services Company in the E- 29, Hauz Khas tourism conglomerate and has its headquarters in New Delhi. (India ) Ltd. country offering a broad spectrum of services namely : Leisure Travel, Corporate Travel Management, MICE, New Delhi – 110016 Dr. D.Naroji Nagar Foreign Exchange, SWIFT Network, Travel Insurance, Credit Cards, Pre-Paid Cards, Life Insurance and Their range of services include Cultural Tours, Buddhist Tourism, Business Delegations, Incentive Travel, Beach Mumbai – 400001 E-Business. The Company launched its Indian operations in 1881 and is celebrating its 127 years of world-class Holidays, Ayurvedic and Holistic Wellness Packages, Luxury Holidays, Luxury Train Travel, Shore Excursions for services in India. TCIL presently operates in over 55 cities across almost 180 locations in the country. It has Cruises. foreign offices in USA, UK, Japan, Germany and Spain. Thomas Cook (India), over the years, has received several prestigious awards such as National Tourism Awards, the Golden Peacock Award for Excellence in Corporate Governance and the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Golden Award for Best Travel. Recently, the Company won the Best Tour Operator at the CNBC Awaaz Travel Awards 2008 and was also accredited the P1 rating, which is the highest financial rating given by Crisil. Phone 011-41653100 Phone 022-22048556 Fax 011-41653101 Fax 022-22871069 e-mail Website 36 37
  21. 21. Tour Operator / Travel Agent Tour Operator / Travel Agent Foreign Exchange Earnings Over Rs. 25 Crore – Third Prize Foreign Exchange Earnings Rs. 10-25 Crore – First Prize M/s Orient Express Orient Express Travels & Tours was established in 1947. It has played a pioneering role in the development of M/s Caper Travel Caper Travel Company is an Inbound Travel Solution Company certified by ISO 9001:2000, who promote India Pvt. Ltd. tourism in the country for which it has won many national and international awards. Company Pvt Ltd as a destination worldwide inducing travellers from across the globe to visit India. Since its inception in 1998, they 70, Janpath 279/A, 3rd Floor have been growing to emerge as one of the foremost travel companies in India. The company is open to new ideas, It was the first Travel Company to diversify into Hotel business when it built the well known five star Deluxe Hotel New Delhi – 110001 Masjid Moth and is flexible & adaptable to client needs. Taj Chandela at Khajuraho. South Extn. Part II New Delhi – 110049 They are members of Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), The King of Belgium, His Majesty “Majeste Le Roi Albert II” honoured the Company in July 2003 for its more American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA),International Air Transport Association (IATA) and other trade than 50 years of continued business relationship with Belgium. organisations. Phone 011-41514430 Phone 011-46003737 Fax 011-23325198 Fax 011-26259595 e-mail e-mail Website Website Chairman Sh. Kanti Podar 38 39
  22. 22. Tour Operator / Travel Agent Tour Operator / Travel Agent Foreign Exchange Earnings Rs. 10-25 Crore – Second Prize Foreign Exchange Earnings Rs. 10-25 Crore – Third Prize M/s Tours & was started in August 1999, and believes that the success of an organization depends on the trust of M/s Midtown Travels Midtown Travels Pvt. Ltd. is in tourism business for the last two decades. It provides innovative itineraries, Travel Pvt. Ltd its customers. For the company, promoting tourism to India is a responsible tool to showcase the country in all its Pvt. Ltd. personalized services from stopover city packages to tours covering India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan. 405 Avantika Building glory, including what it is more known for – "Hospitality". 103, Shriram Bhawan Midtown specialises in General Interest Tours, Leisure Tours, Train Tours including the luxury train tours like 2nd Floor, J Block Market Ranjit Nagar Commercial Complex Saket New Delhi – 110008 Palace on Wheels, Royal Rajasthan on Wheels, Royal Orient Express, Golden Chariot, Deccan Odyssey, Heritage New Delhi – 110017 Tours, Buddhist Pilgrimage Tours, Wildlife Tours, Camel & Horse Safaris and Adventure Tours. They have marketing offices at Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Phone 91-11-40576600 Phone 011-25702737 Fax 91-11-40576666 Fax 011-25702636 e-mail e-mail Website Website 40 41
  23. 23. Tour Operator / Travel Agent Tour Operator / Travel Agent Foreign Exchange Earnings Rs. 5-10 Crore – First Prize Foreign Exchange Earnings Rs. 5-10 Crore – Second Prize Uni Crystal Holidays Uni-Crystal Holidays Pvt. Ltd. was established in 1990 as Crystal Holidays. M/s Erco Travel Pvt. Ltd The company was established 10 years ago. They have their head office in New Delhi, and have branch offices in Pvt . Ltd With aggresive marketing in Eastern Europe, Scandinavia and other countries, they were able to contribute in F 204-206, Ashish Complex Mumbai and Goa. A 201, Crystal Suite L.S.C., Mayur Vihar Phase - 1 making India one of the top destinations of the world. Delhi – 110091 The services offered by the company are package tours (specialised in cultural & historical tours), hotel Ansal Chambers - 1 3 Bhikaji Cama Place accommodation, luxury train tours, conference & conventions, car & coach rentals etc. New Delhi – 110066 Phone 011-26100311 Phone 011-30226333 Fax 011-26100313 Fax 011-22755049 e-mail e-mail Websitett Website 42 43
  24. 24. Tour Operator / Travel Agent Tour Operator / Travel Agent Foreign Exchange Earnings Rs. 5-10 Crore – Third Prize Foreign Exchange Earnings Rs. 2.5-5 Crore – First Prize M/s Razdan Holidays Razdan Holidays (A Division of Razdan Travel Service Pvt. Ltd) was established in the year 1957 in Kashmir with M/s Exotique Exotique Expeditions Pvt. Ltd. was established for offering world class service in the areas of Inbound Tourism, 308, Magnum House its headquarters in Srinagar and later shifted their headquaters in Delhi in 1989. Expeditions Pvt Ltd. Conferences and Incentive Tours. The company strives to provide quality services to the international travellers to 1, Karampura Commercial Complex 207, RG Complex, Plot-8 ensure a memorable experience about India. New Delhi – 110015 Mr. Sanjay Razdan, the present Director, was recently elected to the Executive Committee of Indian Association Central Market, Sector-5 of Tour Operators. Dwarka New Delhi – 110075 Phone (011) 2592 0736/0737 Phone 011-28081341 Fax (011) 2592 0740 / 0741 Fax 011-28081343 e-mail e-mail Website Website 44 45
  25. 25. Tour Operator / Travel Agent Tour Operator / Travel Agent Foreign Exchange Earnings Rs. 2.5-5 Crore – Second Prize Foreign Exchange Earnings Rs. 2.5-5 Crore – Third Prize M/s Scenic Journeys Established over 5 years ago, the company has emerged to be one of the large travel establishments, reaching out M/s Zutshi Travel World Zutshi Travel World Service has been in the business of Inbound Tours for the past 35 years. The company handles Pvt. Ltd. to the discerning travellers from continents across the globe, even while its reputation for providing the best in Service Pvt. Ltd both Individual & Group Travel, specialising in all-inclusive arrangements for cultural, wildlife, soft adventure and 57, IInd Floor holidays. 40, Community Centre special interest tours within India and the Indian Sub-continent. Old Rajinder Nagar Market Zamrudpur New Delhi – 110060 The company has a wide network of regional and associate offices throughout the Indian sub-continent – India, New Delhi – 110048 With their professional approach and personalised service, they strive to deliver high standard of service. Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Phone 91-11-25746055, 42432554 Phone 011-29246831 Fax 91-11-25816055 Fax 011-29246830 e-mail e-mail Website Website 46 47